A stress fracture is a small crack in a bone, or severe bruising within a bone. Stress fractures can develop over a period of time and are typically caused by overuse or a repetitive activity. The injury is common for those who participate in running activities, such as football. In the foot there is a number of bones at risk of getting stress fracture.
There are many causes of stress fractures such as a sudden increase in physical activity, perhaps caused by exercising more times a day or increasing the intensity of the activity. The injury could also occur by walking on an uneven surface or by walking an abnormal distance, which can typically happen when on holiday. Symptoms of a stress fracture typically include a dull pain around the area of the fracture. This pain may appear worse when standing, walking or standing. Swelling of the area is also another symptom.
A stress fracture in the foot would be diagnosed after a physical examination. Once a full diagnosis has been given, your physiotherapist will work closely with you to devise a hands on recovery plan. The first stage of your recovery will involve minimising your pain and any swelling you may have. Your experienced physiotherapist will suggest a number of treatment options to suit your pain relief needs. They may include acupuncture, electrotherapy or a soft tissue massage. It is important to rest your foot during this time and to take things slowly.
The next stage of your recovery is likely to involve getting you back into exercise after your pain has settled. It is also important to restore normal weight bearing during this phase of your recovery. Moving forward, your dedicated physiotherapist will assess your foot posture and muscles to develop an exercise plan to restore normal muscle control and strength to that area of your foot. Once your muscles have strengthened, your physiotherapist will work hard with you to try and get you back doing the sports and activities you love. They will also advise a number of exercises to prevent a recurrence of the injury. During this whole process, your physiotherapist will tailor your rehabilitation to your needs and your specific injury.
It is essential to work closely with your physiotherapist so they can recommend the best treatments for your recovery, to suit your needs. If you are in need of our expertise please get in touch . You can also find information on the other services we offer here.